Happy Earth Day from your Hawaiian Healing 'Ohana!
We love our planet and all the creatures that inhabit it. We are so proud to present the theme for this Earth Day: Restore Our Planet.
Restoring our planet sounds like an enormous and daunting feat! It is no secret that to bring our gorgeous planet back to its full glory, it will take a lot of time and effort on everyone's part to make it happen. Fortunately, even a few small changes can make an immense difference!
Over the years, Hawaiian Healing has taken an active role in restoring our planet through different campaigns and business practices. As a company, we continue to choose recyclable packaging such as our sturdy glass jars, wooden lids, recyclable boxes, and packaging containers. As we vigilantly pursue a healthier planet for ourselves and generations to come, we are taking active steps to make our environmental footprint smaller with every conscious decision that we make.
Our passion for the planet extends out passed our four brick and mortar walls. We have continually campaigned for the rehabilitation and restoration of the sea turtle. This beautiful and wondrous creature is endangered due to corporate over exploitation, poaching, and habitat destruction due to careless human negligence. In years past, we have taken portions of our proceeds and donated funds to the American Tortoise Rescue Organization in a critical effort to help preserve the existence of the Sea Turtle.
Luckily for us, there is still time to try to reverse and repair the damage that has been done to the Earth. After suffering extensive losses during the CoVid-19 Global Crisis, now is a crucial time for all humans. Now is the time to look to better ourselves, our planets and our futures for the generations to come. The best way to celebrate Earth Day this year is to live by the concept “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Restore”. Here are a few examples of ways that you can externalize that internal concept.
Who knows, maybe you will even like the idea so much, it will become a long term habit!
- In the backyard, scope out a good location for a compost pile. Start recycling coffee grounds, eggshells, and scraps of food to decompose and to ultimately enrich your garden for the upcoming growing season.
- Take a weekend morning walk and along the way search the neighborhood for discarded plastics, cans, and bottles for a personal cleanup project that will help the entire community. If you live in a coastal area, this is especially important in helping to protect ocean wildlife. We recommend bringing gloves and a trash baggie with you!
- Perform a household energy audit. Focus on things like electronic devices like laptops that are left on 24/7 (which accounts for 5-10% of residential energy use per year!) Turn these devices off when not in use. Around the house, replace old bulbs with longer-lasting, more energy-efficient ones. Who knew that saving the planet could help save your wallet too?!
This year, while you think of our beautiful planet and what you can do to change the world, don't get overwhelmed with the gravity or size of the issue at hand but remember that it starts with the little steps you take to make the biggest changes. Put that plastic bottle in the recycling bin instead of the trash, put your empty wrapper in the garbage as opposed to throwing out the window, take you bike or walk to that friends house who is just up the block instead of driving, request your drink without a straw.
The turtles will thank you.
Aloha Ku'u Ohana!
10 Fun Facts About Earth Day
1. Earth Day was created by the tireless efforts of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson.
2. The first official Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.
3. The very first Earth Day saw 20 Million Americans take to the streets in demonstration of the event and in protest of the Industrial Revolution.
4. Earth Day sparked unprecedented slate of environmental legislation including the Endangered Species Act, The Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act and many more!
5. Earth Day became internationally celebrated in 1990 and is known around the world as ‘Mother Earth Day’.
6. Starting in 2016, each year Earth Day is given a theme for the year. The last few years have been 2016: Trees for the Earth 2017: Environmental and Climate Literacy 2018: End Plastic Pollution 2019: Protect Our Species and 2020: Climate Action.
7. On Earth Day in 2009, Disney released a documentary called ‘Earth’ which followed the migration paths of four animal families.
8. In 2011, 28 Million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network in honor of the day.
9. In 2012, more than 100,000 people in China chose to ride bikes to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
10. Earth Day 2020 marked 50 years with global awakening that aim to mobilize millions of people worldwide to change their actions for the benefit of our planet.
If you are interested in learning more about Earth day, I found the websites below imperative to my research! For more fun facts about sea turtles, click on the link to our blog post!
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